Yesterday we witnessed a silent Lord before His accusers. Today we witness our Lord who having all the authority and power given to Him by His Father, die to it in order that God’s will would be accomplished.
“‘We have a law,’ the Jews replied to him, ‘and according to that law He must die, because He made Himself the Son of God.’
When Pilate heard this statement, he was more afraid than ever. He went back into the headquarters and asked Jesus, ‘Where are You from?’ But Jesus did not give him an answer. So Pilate said to Him, ‘You’re not talking to me? Don’t You know that I have the authority to release You and the authority to crucify You?’
‘You would have no authority over Me at all,’ Jesus answered him, ‘if it hadn’t been given you from above. This is why the one who handed Me over to you has the greater sin.’” John 19:7-11
Pilate did not have any authority except what was given to Him by God. In fact, Paul tells us in Colossians that Christ is the one who created those in authority from the beginning.
“For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together.” Colossians 1:16-17
So why would Christ choose to lay aside His ultimate authority over His creation when given the opportunity? Christ’s relationship with the Father was more important than any rightful authority He could have exercised while on earth. Christ treasured His relationship with the Father above all things. Christ yielded to the greater authority of His Father and demonstrated to the world that in dying to one’s own right to authority yields much greater freedom and glory to God than anything one could do own their own. In fact, Christ’s final commission to His disciples and to believers acknowledges His rightful authority and the shows encourages us to die to our own authority in order to live under Christ’s.
“All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, ‘I am with you always, to the end of the age.'” Matthew 28:18-20